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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

This week's topic: Top Ten Books I'd recommend to my nephew. He just finished and loved Harry Potter and is currently reading the Percy Jackson series. Also, this list can be for anyone who wants a list of books that have a hint of that HP magic, but have perhaps been overlooked because they have older publication dates.


1.
Matilda by Roald Dahl
For anyone who particularly enjoyed Harry's escape from the Dursleys, here's the story of another child who develops powers, escapes an abusive situation, and finds a family. Also shows the power of reading. 

2.
The Chronicles of Chrestomanci by Diana Wynne Jones
These loosely connected novels featuring the adventures of a dimension crossing wizard have some very lovable characters. One novel, Witch Week, is also about magic in a boarding school, but Jones takes a very different approach.

3.
The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett
The Tiffany Aching series has some of Pratchett's best writing. If you enjoyed Rowling's sly humor, you'll love this comedic yet profound story. Though the Nac Mac Feegle are no house elves, they're a whole lot funnier (and more prone to theft)

4.
A classic series rich in British mythology about a struggle between good & evil.

5.
The Keys to the Kingdom series, by Garth Nix
A young boy finds he is the chosen one and must save the world from destruction. He must defeat 7 Lord Voldemort types, fight pirates, and cure a plague, all while preventing his own transformation and tragedy.

6.
Un Lun Dun by China MiƩville
An imaginative story by a great author, where in an alternative London chosen ones are overrated but friendship can be world saving.

7.
The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander
More great characters and fantastic adventures in this fantasy series about an assistant pig-keeper who rises above his station. The second book in this series is the basis for the world's most obscure Disney move: The Black Cauldron

8.
This coming of age with magical powers story has more of a science fiction slant. It's also beautifully poignant at times and has a universe of amazing characters and gorgeous world building.

9.
Maddigan's Fantasia by Margaret Mahy
This journey of a traveling circus through a post-apocalyptic landscape has many twists and mysteries, not to mention Mahy's ability to write very realistic relationships.

10.
The newest novel on this list is for anyone who enjoyed Hogwarts ghosts but would likes things a bit spookier, here's the start of looks like to be a great series.


As my nephew is a voracious reader, more recommendations are always welcome :).

6 comments:

llamallamalibrarian said...

These are great choices! If he hasn't already read them, he may also enjoy the Artemis Fowl books by Eoin Colfer and the Underland Chornicles (Gregor the Overlander, etc.) by Suzanne Collins. :)

nadiareads1 said...

Great list! I would also recommend the Percy Jackson series! They also have a similar style and they're amazing!
Here's my TTT!

Doris said...

Awesome list, makes me want to reread harry potter and then your picks =)

Our TTT

Doris @ OABR

Aman said...

It's a fail that I still haven't read Harry Potter :( But do I get points for watching the movies? I really enjoyed them an they are still my favorite pastime. Thanks for stopping by :)

raindropsandpages said...

I love the So You Want to be a Wizard series. I grew up on them, and I still love them so much. Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier.

elena said...

LOVE this topic of this list! I'm always missing HP.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Recs for a kid (or anyone) missing Harry Potter.


This week's topic: Top Ten Books I'd recommend to my nephew. He just finished and loved Harry Potter and is currently reading the Percy Jackson series. Also, this list can be for anyone who wants a list of books that have a hint of that HP magic, but have perhaps been overlooked because they have older publication dates.


1.
Matilda by Roald Dahl
For anyone who particularly enjoyed Harry's escape from the Dursleys, here's the story of another child who develops powers, escapes an abusive situation, and finds a family. Also shows the power of reading. 

2.
The Chronicles of Chrestomanci by Diana Wynne Jones
These loosely connected novels featuring the adventures of a dimension crossing wizard have some very lovable characters. One novel, Witch Week, is also about magic in a boarding school, but Jones takes a very different approach.

3.
The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett
The Tiffany Aching series has some of Pratchett's best writing. If you enjoyed Rowling's sly humor, you'll love this comedic yet profound story. Though the Nac Mac Feegle are no house elves, they're a whole lot funnier (and more prone to theft)

4.
A classic series rich in British mythology about a struggle between good & evil.

5.
The Keys to the Kingdom series, by Garth Nix
A young boy finds he is the chosen one and must save the world from destruction. He must defeat 7 Lord Voldemort types, fight pirates, and cure a plague, all while preventing his own transformation and tragedy.

6.
Un Lun Dun by China MiƩville
An imaginative story by a great author, where in an alternative London chosen ones are overrated but friendship can be world saving.

7.
The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander
More great characters and fantastic adventures in this fantasy series about an assistant pig-keeper who rises above his station. The second book in this series is the basis for the world's most obscure Disney move: The Black Cauldron

8.
This coming of age with magical powers story has more of a science fiction slant. It's also beautifully poignant at times and has a universe of amazing characters and gorgeous world building.

9.
Maddigan's Fantasia by Margaret Mahy
This journey of a traveling circus through a post-apocalyptic landscape has many twists and mysteries, not to mention Mahy's ability to write very realistic relationships.

10.
The newest novel on this list is for anyone who enjoyed Hogwarts ghosts but would likes things a bit spookier, here's the start of looks like to be a great series.


As my nephew is a voracious reader, more recommendations are always welcome :).

6 comments:

  1. These are great choices! If he hasn't already read them, he may also enjoy the Artemis Fowl books by Eoin Colfer and the Underland Chornicles (Gregor the Overlander, etc.) by Suzanne Collins. :)

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  2. Great list! I would also recommend the Percy Jackson series! They also have a similar style and they're amazing!
    Here's my TTT!

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  3. Awesome list, makes me want to reread harry potter and then your picks =)

    Our TTT

    Doris @ OABR

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  4. It's a fail that I still haven't read Harry Potter :( But do I get points for watching the movies? I really enjoyed them an they are still my favorite pastime. Thanks for stopping by :)

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  5. I love the So You Want to be a Wizard series. I grew up on them, and I still love them so much. Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier.

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  6. LOVE this topic of this list! I'm always missing HP.

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Thank you, comments are appreciated :)